Categories

 > History > Asia

29,217 results were found

Sort by:

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

Language

English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>and NPR</b><br /> <br /><b>“Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone.” </b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin L...
by Steve Coll

Language

English

Pages

732

Publication Date

December 28, 2004

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize<br /><br />From the award-winning and bestselling author of <i>Directorate S</i>, the explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan</b><br /><br />To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, <i>Ghost Wars</i> details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Inferno: The Fall of Japan 1945
by Ronald Henkoff

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

June 14, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
Inferno is the compelling story of the U.S. atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the ensuing death and destruction that led to the end of World War II.<br /><br />The events that culminated in the fall of Japan - which forever changed the course of diplomacy, geopolitics, and warfare in the twentieth century - are vividly recreated through dramatic first-hand accounts of the major participants on both sides of the Pacific.<br /><br />They include: Harry Truman, the inexperienced American president who made the decision that would lead to unprecedented death and destruction; the war-mongering, but mysterious, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, who ultimately presided over his country's surrender; General Leslie Groves, the no-nonsense director of the Manhattan Project; and Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the plane, the Enola Gay, which dropped the very first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945.
Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath
by John Toland

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

September 23, 2014

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>Bestselling author and historian John Toland’s expertise and skill as a narrator were awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for his sweeping <i>Rising Sun. </i>In <i>Infamy, </i>Toland extends and corrects his account of the events leading up to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, addressing persistent questions: Could FDR have engineered a conspiracy to get the US into the War? Did high-level military and civilian leaders lie under oath? Were the wrong men held culpable in order to protect Washington? Accessing formerly secret government, military, and diplomatic records--including the account of the then anonymous and controversial “Seaman Z”—Toland masterfully  reevaluates what we know about this infamous act of aggression against the US.</p>
Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir
by , Lori Stillman

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

December 07, 2018

Product Description
Customer Reviews
In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect their country from the ruthless communist North and their Southern allies. But once in the volatile jungles of Vietnam, the merciless hunting and killing of the enemy, constant threat of landmines and booby traps, ambushes that could easily backfire, and deaths of his comrades made Stillman question how any man—if he survived—could ever return to his life as he’d known it.<br /><br />Written with John’s daughter, Lori Stillman, Jumping from Helicopters is a vivid and moving memoir that unearths fifty years of repressed memories with stunning accuracy and raw details. Interwoven with the author’s own journal entries and including thirty-five photographs, it is a story that will open your eyes to what these brave young men witnessed and endured, and why they returned facing a lifetime of often unspoken unrest, persistent nightmares, and forced normalcy, haunting even the strongest of soldiers.
The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer
by Thierry Cruvellier

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>Renowned journalist Thierry Cruvellier takes us into the dark heart of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge with <em>The Master of Confessions</em>, a suspenseful account of a Chief Interrogator's trial for war crimes.</p><p>On April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge, led by its secretive prime minister Pol Pot, took over Cambodia. Renaming the country Democratic Kampuchea, they cut the nation off from the world and began systematically killing and starving two million of their people.</p><p>Thirty years after their fall, a man named Duch (pronounced "Doïk"), who had served as Chief Prison officer of S21, the regime's central prison complex, stood trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Unlike any other tribunal defendant, Duch acknowledged his personal responsibility, pleaded guilty, and asked for forgiveness from his victims. In <em>The Master of Confessions</em>, Thierry Cruvellier uses the trial to tell the horrifying story of this terrible chapter in history.</p><p>Cruvellier offers a psychologically penetrating, devastating look at the victims, the torturers, and the regime itself, searching to answer crucial questions about culpability. Self-drawing on his knowledge, and experience, Cruvellier delivers a startling work of journalistic history—by turns deeply moving, horrifying, and darkly funny.</p>
The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
by William Craig

Language

English

Pages

361

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> Bestseller: A “virtually faultless” account of the last weeks of WWII in the Pacific from both Japanese and American perspectives (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /> By midsummer 1945, Japan had long since lost the war in the Pacific. The people were not told the truth, and neither was the emperor. Japanese generals, admirals, and statesmen knew, but only a handful of leaders were willing to accept defeat. Most were bent on fighting the Allies until the last Japanese soldier died and the last city burned to the ground.<br />  <br /> Exhaustively researched and vividly told, <i>The Fall of Japan</i> masterfully chronicles the dramatic events that brought an end to the Pacific War and forced a once-mighty military nation to surrender unconditionally.<br />  <br /> From the ferocious fighting on Okinawa to the all-but-impossible mission to drop the 2nd atom bomb, and from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s White House to the Tokyo bunker where tearful Japanese leaders first told the emperor the truth, William Craig captures the pivotal events of the war with spellbinding authority. <i>The Fall of Japan </i>brings to life both celebrated and lesser-known historical figures, including Admiral Takijiro Onishi, the brash commander who drew up the Yamamoto plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired the death cult of kamikaze pilots., This astonishing account ranks alongside Cornelius Ryan’s <i>The Longest Day </i>and John Toland’s <i>The Rising Sun </i>as a masterpiece of World War II history.
Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Unto...
by , Lori Longfritz

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.</b><br />In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. <br />Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides.<br /><br />John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.<br /><br /><i>Alone at Dawn</i> is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger.<br /><br />Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, <i>Alone at Dawn</i> is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.<br /><br />
The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan
by Sun Tzu

Language

English

Pages

133

Publication Date

January 07, 2020

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p><strong>For the first time in any modern language, a female scholar and translator reimagines <em>The Art of War</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Sun Tzu’s ancient book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was first written 2,500 years ago. In a world forever at odds, his rules for anticipating the motivations and strategies of our competitors never cease to inspire leaders of all kinds.</p><br /><p>Michael Nylan, in her provocative introduction, sees new and unexpected lessons to be learned from <em>The Art of War</em>—in business ventures, relationships, games of skill, academic careers, and medical practices. Strategy, like conflict, is woven into society’s very roots.</p><br /><p>Nylan’s crisp translation “offers a masterly new evaluation of this classic work, which balances the overtly military content with a profound and thought-provoking analysis” (Olivia Milburn). Readers newly engaging with ancient Chinese culture will be inspired by Nylan’s authoritative voice. Informed by years of scholarly study, Nylan is uniquely placed to introduce readers to Sun Tzu’s classic work through her detailed annotations on culture and the intricacies of translating ancient Chinese into modern English. She proves that Sun Tzu is more relevant than ever, helping us navigate the conflicts we know and those we have yet to endure.</p>
Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scound...
by , Isabel Sun Chao

Language

English

Pages

308

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<b> WINNER - 2019 Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR & 16 other literary awards</b><br /><br /><b>An Engaging and Extraordinary Multigenerational Saga </b><br />A high position bestowed by China's empress dowager grants power and wealth to the Sun family. For Isabel, growing up in glamorous 1930s and '40s Shanghai, it is a life of utmost privilege. But while her scholar father and fashionable mother shelter her from civil war and Japanese occupation, they cannot shield the family forever.<br /><br />When Mao comes to power, eighteen-year-old Isabel journeys to Hong Kong, not realizing that she will make it her home--and that she will never see her father again. Meanwhile, the family she has left behind struggles to survive, only to have their world shattered by the Cultural Revolution. Isabel returns to Shanghai fifty years later with her daughter, Claire, to confront their family's past--one they discover is filled with love and betrayal, kidnappers and concubines, glittering pleasure palaces and underworld crime bosses.<br /><br />Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, <i>Remembering Shanghai</i> follows five generations from a hardscrabble village to vibrant Shanghai to the bright lights of Hong Kong. By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this vivid memoir explores identity, loss and the unpredictable nature of life against the epic backdrop of a nation and a people in turmoil.<br /><br /><b>Winner of 17 book awards including:</b><br /><ul><li>Rubery Book Award BOOK OF THE YEAR, NON-FICTION</li><li>Independent Author Network OUTSTANDING MEMOIR, BOOK OF THE YEAR 2nd place</li><li>Reader Views Literary Awards MEMOIR, GLOBAL AWARD</li><li>IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards BEST FIRST BOOK, BEST E-BOOK DESIGN, COVER DESIGN 2nd place</li><li>Readers' Favorite Award Contest NON-FICTION HISTORICAL 2nd place</li><li>Eric Hoffer GRAND PRIZE Finalist, FIRST HORIZON AWARD Finalist, CULTURE 2nd place</li><li>Next Generation Indie Awards HISTORICAL NON-FICTION Finalist, MEMOIRS Finalist, BEST COVER DESIGN NON-FICTION Finalist</li><li>National Indie Excellence Awards BOOK COVER DESIGN NON-FICTION Finalist</li></ul><b>Praise for Remembering Shanghai</b><br /><br />"An engaging and entertaining saga." <b>South China Morning Post</b><br /><br />"A volume that demands to be held." <b>Los Angeles Review of Books</b><br /><br />"A feast of winning elements ... absolutely fascinating." <b>Bookish Asia</b><br /><br />"The perfect combination of historical fiction, memoir and novel." <b>Reader Views</b><br /><br />"Jaw-dropping, exciting, touching, tragic and insightful." <b>Historic Shanghai</b><br /><br />"A book I truly could not put down." <b>Fête Chinoise</b><br /><br />"Absolutely gorgeous--a visual delight." <b>Asia Literary Review</b><br /><br />"A beguiling memoir of Shanghai." <b>Hong Kong Review of Books</b><br /><br />"Unique ... vivid descriptions transport readers." <b>China Press</b><br /><br />"Pulls back the curtain on how people lived." <b>Shanghai Daily</b><br /><br />"Makes Chinese traditions easily accessible." <b>Honolulu Star-Advertiser</b><br /><br />"Sparkling prose and enthralling stories catapult you into the inner life and doings of Shanghai's cultured classes." <b>Helen Zia, <i>Last Boat Out of Shanghai</i></b><br /><br />"This elegant family memoir transforms, transfixes, and educates." <b>Pamela Sakamoto, <i>Midnight in Broad Daylight</i></b><br /><br />"Mesmerizing stories; magnificent language." <b>Betty Peh-T'i Wei, PhD, <i>Old Shanghai</i></b><i></i><br />Order your copy of <i>Remembering Shanghai</i> today in hardcover, paperback or Kindle. At over 300 pages with dozens of photographs and illustrations, this beautiful memoir is a joy to hold and read.

Blog - Latest Entries

Roxane Gay – Difficult Women Review
For avid readers, the advent of the Kindle was a godsend. It allowed them to expand their personal libraries as much as they wanted without worrying about taking up too much space. Along with increasing the potential for library depth, the kindle has also allowed for a more diverse reading taste. You can now take risks on books that you previously wouldn’t have due to the Kindle eliminating ...

David Foster Wallace – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men & Girl with Curious Hair Reviews
The technology of the Kindle allows you to carry a library with you wherever you go. And, like a library, your Kindle collection should be vast and diverse. Aside from the New York Times Bestseller list, it can be hard to know which books are worth your time to download. Luckily, the literary cannon spans for generations. Of the most recent generation of literary greats, David Foster Wallac...

Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Review
Kindle technology allows you to build an impressive collection of stories without filling shelves upon shelves with books. This convenience makes it possible to experiment with your reading choices without making the commitment to order a book, wait for its arrival, and sticking it on your shelf. I’ve found that the Kindle has made me a much more adventurous reader. With this new-found ad...

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea Review
As you start to increase your kindle collection, it is wise to download a variety of things to read. And sure, the latest serial novel is a great addition to the collection, but sometimes you need a literary classic. Luckily, there is a plethora of classics to choose from. When it comes to literary classics, there are few authors with a better reputation than Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, so...

Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
For fans of the suspense and horror genres, Stephen King is a household name. Chances are, if you read the genres at all, your kindles are filled with a novel or two of his. But King’s prolific career has not stayed within the genre. In fact, one of King’s greatest efforts came in the form of a nonfiction memoir. King’s On Writing blends personal memoir and advice on writing craft tha...

More >>

Enter the Kind Reader Monthly Drawing

$25 Amazon.com Gift Card giveaway

There's a daily limit of 3 free e-books that can be downloaded at KindReader.com